Part of the NCAA’s core mission is to provide student-athletes with a competitive environment that is safe and ensures fair play. While each school is responsible for the welfare of its student-athletes, the NCAA provides leadership by establishing safety guidelines, playing rules, equipment standards, drug testing procedures and research into the cause of injuries to assist decision making.
The Committee on Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports serves to provide expertise and leadership to the NCAA in order to provide a healthy and safe environment for student-athletes through research, education, collaboration and policy development. The committee is made up of 20 members who serve four-year terms, each of which comes from medical, administrative, legal, coaching or student-athlete backgrounds. View the current roster here.
Skin infections and damage can have profound effects on the health of student athletes.
Open wounds, poor hygiene practices, close physical contact, and the sharing of towels and equipment commonly lead to the presence and spread of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly referred to as MRSA, a bacterial infection that can be resistant to commonly used antibiotics.
Routine outdoor practices and competitions also expose student-athletes to intense sunlight, which can lead to eye damage, immune system suppression and skin cancer.
By raising awareness of the risks and taking proper precautions, we can reduce student-athletes’ risks of exposure skin issues.
Last Updated: Aug 27, 2012